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Why Is October Important For Nursing Home Rights?

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Allison & Ward

According to the, for many years, October has been known as National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month. This month reminds us all of the importance of nursing home care. In 1987, congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Act (OBRA), which forever changed how nursing home residents are treated. How Did the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 Improve Nursing Home Care?    OBRA ensures two things for residents of a nursing home: Quality of care: the law requires nursing homes to provide services that help “maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident,” according to the Quality of life: nursing facilities must promote an environment that will improve a resident’s quality of life. Most importantly, OBRA grants residents individual rights. These rights include: The right to individualized care. The right to respect. The right to dignity. The right to visitation. The right to privacy. The…
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How Did a Semi Crash Kill Four College Softball Players?

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Allison & Ward

September came to a sad closing. Four softball players from North Central Texas College were killed when a tractor-trailer crossed the median and hit the softball team’s van. The accident occurred near the Oklahoma-Texas border on Interstate 35. The softball team was returning to Texas after a game when the accident happened. Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas was driving his semi northbound on I-35 when his truck crossed the median and slammed into the bus carrying the softball players. After colliding with the bus, the 18-wheeler continued off the other side of the road. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) tells NBC that they could not find the semi for an hour after the accident. Are Fatal Crashes Investigated as a Homicide?    Many were surprised to learn that the OHP announced that they were investigating this crash as a homicide. However, OHP Captain Ronnie Hampton tells NBC, “Any collision that…
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What Are the Four Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Allison & Ward

Workers’ compensation insurance helps an injured or sick worker pay expensive medical bills and recoup lost wages while taking time off from work. If an employer has workers’ comp coverage, an employee receives “benefits based on the type and severity of their injuries,” according to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). There are four types of workers’ comp benefits: Income benefits: this pays a portion of an employee’s lost wages. Medical benefits: this pays for the treatment costs of an injured employee. Burial benefits: this pays a portion of a deceased employee’s funeral expenses. Death benefits: if an employee is killed on the job, this benefit pays his or her family any lost wages. What Happens If an Employer Does Not Carry Workers’ Compensation Coverage?    Unfortunately, Texas is the only state in the United States that does not mandate employers to carry workers’ compensation. These employers are called nonsubscribers….
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